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He came to national attention with two silver medals and a bronze at the 2003 World Junior Short Track Championships, and he followed it up with several World Championship medal wins.
Hamelin made his debut at the world junior championships in 2002, finishing 4th in the 500 m and helping the relay team to a silver medal. During the next World Junior Championships in 2003, he had his breakout year finishing second in the 500 m, second in the 1500 m, 4th in the 1000 m, 5th in the super 1500 m, and then helping the relay team to a bronze in the 5000 m relay. Because of his accomplishments in 2003 he finished 4th overall at the world junior championships. He was seemingly following the footsteps in a long line of accomplished French-Canadian short track speedskaters like Marc Gagnon and Éric Bédard.
During the 2006 Winter Olympics, Hamelin managed to qualify for the finals of the 1500 m. In the last lap and a half, he was comfortably in third place before being passed by two Chinese skaters. Although one of the Chinese skaters was disqualified, he still only finished a disappointing fourth. In the relay the Canadian team and Korean team traded the lead back and forth throughout the race but the Canadians lost the lead on the last turn but still managed to win silver. The silver medal on the relay was his first Olympic medal in his career.
Following the 2006 Olympics Hamelin won the gold medal in the 3000 m at the 2006 World Championships. Hamelin would go on to become the 500 m world champion in 2007, over the next 3 years this would soon be his strongest event. In addition to his 500 m gold, at the 2007 Worlds he took silvers in the 1000 m and 5000 m relay as well as the overall silver medal. He also took a second gold at the World Team Championships that year. He captured silvers in the 500 m at the worlds and at the World Team Championships in 2008 and in 2009 he once again became the 500 m world champion, alongside clinching bronzes in the 3000 m and the overall competition, and another World Team silver.
Short track is a family affair for Hamelin: his brother François Hamelin is a fellow Olympian and national short track member. The current director of the national short track team is his father, Yves Hamelin. Hamelin made Hello! Canada's 50 most beautiful Canadians list in 2010, along with his then girlfriend, fellow speed skater and Olympian Marianne St-Gelais. In March 2018, after ten years as a couple, Hamelin and St-Gelais announced in a statement that they were splitting up.
At Sochi 2014, Hamelin reached the final of the 1500m while his brother made the B final of the same event. He started the race and pushed to the front of the seven-man pack and retained that lead for most of the race. Towards the end of the race, Hamelin's lead was challenged by both China's Han Tianyu and Russia's Viktor Ahn but Hamelin passed Han and held on to win the gold medal as Canada's second gold medal of the Sochi 2014 Games. The 1,500 m was oft quoted as a weakness for Hamelin and the Canadians. He was proud of the gold in the event saying "It is the best I can dream of, coming in the Olympics and having that gold in the 1,500 metre. We always said in the last few years that it was our weakness, but I really worked hard to prove everyone wrong and I think today was the day." He had a strong overall season. and won his first overall World Cup title after coming close several times previously.
In August 2017, Hamelin was named to Canada's 2018 Winter Olympics team.
Currently, Charles Hamelin is 37 years, 3 months and 18 days old. Charles Hamelin will celebrate 38th birthday on a Thursday 14th of April 2022.
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